The Guardian view on social care: a crisis of politics as well as finance

The Guardian view on social care: a crisis of politics as well as finance
 

No one who has experienced adult social care – whether as patient or provider – will have been surprised by the Care Quality Commission’s verdict this week that cuts to local authority services had reached a “tipping point”, with grave consequences for the NHS. Council-run care services were not included in the Treasury “ringfence” around health spending. Since local authorities face cumulative budget cuts of up to 40%, much of the burden of looking after elderly people is transferred to hospitals. Elderly inpatients, many of whom should be discharged for treatment at home, then “block”... read more

 
13 October 2016 in Health, Views: 42
Source: Guardian
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